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MetiNews.Com - Trene Colecozy-Rogers denies murdering Dre Estridge at a family memorial event
Breaking News ! A family friend of a man stabbed to death described the moment she and others fought in vain to try and save his life. Dre Estridge, 26, suffered a knife wound to the heart at his family's home in Oakham Street, Dingle, in the early hours of June 26 this year. Trene Colecozy-Rogers, 18, of Stevenson Street, Wavertree, denies his murder and manslaughter in a trial at Liverpool Crown Court. Dre was at a memorial party celebrating the life of his two-year-old brother O'Shea, who died after a tragic road traffic accident in 1997. Prosecutors say Colecozy-Rogers was called to the house to collect his drunken mum, Marita Colecozy, 45, after she attacked another guest, but knifed Dre shortly before 6am. This morning the jury heard evidence from Chloe Kenny, a close friend of Dre's younger sister Danica. Under questioning by Richard Pratt, QC, prosecuting, Ms Kenny said Ms Colecozy was behaving "shockingly". Ms Kenny said: "She drank too much and started trying to cause arguments with everybody." She said Ms Colecozy asked Nathan Cain, 19, to dance, and when he declined, she started hitting him. Ms Kenny said other guests asked her to calm down but she was "abusive", so it was decided Ms Kenny would call Colecozy-Rogers, at around 4.40am. She said: "I asked him to come and collect his mum because she was acting disorderly and inappropriately to guests at the party and she was making a complete nuisance of herself, so he said he would come." Floral tributes outside a house on Oakham Street. (Image: Liverpool Echo) Ms Kenny said she waited outside with Ms Colecozy's daughter, aged seven, and rang Colecozy-Rogers several times because he was "taking too long". She said when he arrived in a taxi she put his little sister in the cab, but the driver refused to take Ms Colecozy, because of her behaviour and drove off. Ms Kenny said she returned to the kitchen and tried to call another taxi, leaving Colecozy-Rogers with his little sister in the living room, while Dre's sister Demmere took Ms Colecozy for a shower. She said Ms Colecozy came downstairs afterwards and Colecozy-Rogers then went upstairs, before "we could hear scuffling". Ms Kenny said: "Demmere said Dre and Trene were arguing and Trene's little sister started crying, so I took her outside." She told the jury she was waiting with the little girl and Danica when Ms Colecozy came out, then Colecozy-Rogers appeared and asked if the taxi had arrived. Ms Kenny said she heard Demmere shout "he stabbed Dre" and that Colecozy-Rogers "looked calm, but you could tell there was something...
. She said: "We heard Demmere shout down the house that Trene had stabbed Dre." Enter your postcode below to find the latest number of cases near you
Ms Kenny said Colecozy-Rogers ran off and she ran upstairs, where she found Dre, in the second bedroom on the right. She said Mr Cain was there "in a state of shock" with another friend, Chloe Grierson, and Dre was "slumped between the bed and the wardrobe". Ms Kenny said: "His eyes were sunken and he had blood coming from his mouth and his chest and he appeared unresponsive." Mr Pratt said: "Did you do anything?" She replied: "I just was on the bed, I was just telling him to stay awake as Chloe was doing the same."
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Ms Kenny said Ms Grierson asked her for a clean towel, before Ms Grierson applied pressure to the wound, then paramedics arrived. Under cross-examination by Nina Graham, QC, defending, Ms Kenny confirmed that on the phone she just told Colecozy-Rogers his mum was drunk and he needed to collect her. She agreed that he arrived shortly before 5.40am with a second man, Rashan Hamilton, who stood outside by the front door the whole time. Ms Kenny agreed that in a police statement made that day, she said Colecozy-Rogers followed his mum upstairs when she went for a shower, instead of heading upstairs after his mum had come back down - and agreed her original statement was correct. Ms Kenny also agreed that before Colecozy-Rogers went upstairs, there had been a time when he was at the front door talking with Dre, while she was in the living room.
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Ms Graham asked whether she heard their conversation, but Ms Kenny said she didn't. The lawyer said: "You won't know whether it was a happy conversation, or angry conversation, or what was happening by the front door? You don't know?" Can you help us keep Merseyside covered? "No," Ms Kenny replied. She confirmed that Dre went upstairs before Ms Colecozy-Rogers and her son, and that when Colecozy-Rogers returned, he seemed "a little panicked". (Proceeding)
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